It is essential to get your students learning and creating with technology from the start of their school year. Here are some ideas for using Wixie that go beyond All About Me, but still introduce students to the skills they need for creating with Wixie all year.
September 12: National Day of Encouragement
On this day, ask students to use Wixie to send someone a print or digital note of encouragement. Have students log in to Wixie, and open the Postcard template to quickly design a picture and write a note. Then they can print and share or copy the project URL and send via email.
September 15: International Dot Day
Reading Peter Reynold's The Dot is a great way to start the year off and encourage your students to trust their abilities and use their gifts, talents, and energy to change the world.
The Wixie Curriculum Library includes #DotDay templates (Month-by-Month>September) you can assign to students to begin the process of "making their mark."
September 17: Constitution Day
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution as well as recognizes all US citizens - both those born in the United States or those who have become citizens through the naturalization process.
Use this day to explore the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and if you haven't already, work together to create your own classroom constitution.
September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
If your students have settled into the school routine and working hard, take a break for a little fun and use Wixie to dress up and talk like a pirate. This engaging project teaches students a wide variety of skills in Wixie they can apply in future projects.
Have students begin on a blank page and use Wixie's web cam feature to capture their image. Students can search the Library for "pirate" to find appropriate clothing and clip art to create a pirate costume.
But it's National Talk Like a Pirate Day, so be sure to have students use Wixie's recording feature to capture their talk like a pirate!
September 25: Math Storytelling Day and National Comic Book Day
If your students are already rocking with Wixie, push them to apply their knowledge by writing their own math stories or creating their own comics.
If you aren't sure where to begin, Creative Educator has a great list of children's books about math that make for great student-published books and projects. Read one of these stories with your students and have them retell the story using Wixie. Many of these titles use repetitive patterns you and your students can use to make your own adaptations of the story.
Creating comics and graphic novels in Wixie is a fun way to have students retell important events from a story or share information they are learning in science, math, and social studies. Students can even combine both of these holidays and create comics to teach math ideas through storytelling!
The holidays in September provide opportunities to get students learning and creating with technology, creating solid foundations for digital project work the rest of the year.